• 86% average attendance for main evening Proms
  • 257,000 total attendances at Royal Albert Hall
  • 31 out of 74 concerts sold out
  • 113% increase in attendances to Proms Chamber Music concerts
  • Huge increases in numbers of under 16s
Attendances at the 2005 BBC Proms have exactly matched those of 2004, despite a difficult start to the season following the London bombings in July. 257,000 people attended the 74 concerts over the 58-day Proms season. Average attendance for the main evening concerts was 86%, retaining the 2% increase gained in 2003 and equalling the 2004 figure. The Proms Chamber Music series audience more than doubled thanks to the increased capacity of the series' new home at Cadogan Hall.
Nicholas Kenyon, Director BBC Proms said:
'The Proms audience has proved determined and resilient in the face of a difficult summer in London, and we have had magnificent concerts and many sell-outs. Even though the London bombings deterred some of those travelling into London and closed one of the Royal Albert Hall's main Underground lines, attendances have reached last year's figures and the spirit of the season has been wonderfully positive. Young audiences are up and young performers have provided some of our strongest highlights, creating a massive hope for our musical future'
Two new ticket initiatives more than doubled the number of people aged 16 or under attending Proms concerts throughout the season. BBC Music Intro, sponsored by Lloyds TSB, offered £4 seats to children and their families for selected concerts, and under 16s could buy half price seats for all Proms concerts for the first time. Nearly 7000 young people bought tickets under the new schemes for concerts ranging from the Blue Peter concerts to the Vienna Philharmonic with Berg and Stravinsky.
It was a Proms season characterised by memorable debuts from Pl·cido Domingo, Ravi Shankar and Baaba Maal, and acclaimed visits from international orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. There were also much-praised performances from the musicians of the future in such orchestras as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Julliard Orchestra and Royal Academy of Music Orchestra as well as a performance from talented young British musicians who, for the first time at the Proms, joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a main evening Prom in one of the most ambitious Learning Projects undertaken at the Proms to date.
Record numbers have again used the Proms website. More than 75,000 unique users are logging on each week, an average of 15,000 a week more than last year. Weekly page impressions, which peaked at 425,000 last year, averaged more than half a million page impressions per week in 2005. Listen on Demand, where online users can hear Proms concerts online whenever they like up to seven days after the live broadcast, was bigger than ever with all but two concerts available. Around 10,000 people used this service per Prom - among the highest of any BBC Radio 3 Listen on Demand broadcast.

 

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